Full Artist's statement
I play with words and their exactness permits me an endless playground. I manipulate words through paint to produce a raw portrayal of a thought. I spin a tale, describe, distort or elevate virtually anything. Paint’s very nature and how I work with it, methodically or courting the accident, allows me to cultivate how a piece does this. The words I choose to use in my paintings are made evident in both understated and blatant ways or rendered unintelligible to conform to my intent. I weave words together, render them in other languages, fragment them, blend them, or obliterate them. Patterns can emerge, and the words can fade. In addition, I make use of the letterforms shapes and combine them, so they appear foreign and familiar all at once. I even straightforwardly paint over the words. My paintings are fashioned with acrylic paint on canvas since this facilitates working swiftly or drawn-out and incorporates the element of time into how I translate a concept. In using the nature of the paint to transform ordinary words a kind of magic can happen. That conversation between color, line, shape and surface can be sublime. It can feel very nearly pure.